July 15

Favorites: Tampa

Bern’s Steakhouse

It’s popular and with good reason. Their steaks are great as is their wine cellar. You’re missing out if you don’t have at least one meal there.
1208 South Howard Avenue / Phone: 813.251.2421

Oxford Exchange

Oxford Exchange is the place you want to start your day. Their avocado toast is spectacular as is their super simple sandwich; bacon, egg and cheese.
420 West Kennedy BLVD., / Phone: 813.253.0222


It’s true you can get good pizza in Tampa and Ava is the place to do it. Try the “la bestia” with spicy nduja sausage and san marzano tomatoes.
718 South Howard Avenue., / Phone: 813.512.3030

The Refinery

This place is a neighborhood gem. It’s no frills in terms of atmosphere but they change their menus three to four times a week. Working closely with local farmers, artisans, and suppliers, they utilize the best of what local farmers have to offer and they make everything in-house and from scratch.
5137 North Florida Avenue., / Phone: 813.237.2000


Rustic-chic serving native Floridian fare, with barbacoa grilling & house-brewed beers. I love the pulpo carpaccio and a cracklin’ pork shank
1810 North Highland Avenue., / Phone: 813.999.4952